Sunday, 30 December 2012

New Years Resolutions


So, a new year means new resolutions! But before I make those, it’s time to look back at my last ones and to see what I have achieved.
New Year’s Resolutions of 2012:
  1.  Find an agent! Check.
  2. Get Jamboree Productions set up. Check.
  3. Set up a few projects with Anna-Maria. Check.            
  4.  Finish my script! Check.
And now for 2013:
  1. Get fit and learn to dance.
  2. Move to London.
  3. Master my accents.
  4. Lose ½ a stone.
  5. Go to lots of workshops and perfect my craft
Lets see how this year goes!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

My Top Films of 2012


As the year comes to an end, I have been looking through what movies I was able to see. I have worked it out that I have seen only about 40 of the new releases this year, which, as a huge film buff, I am a little disappointed with. However, every time I came out of the cinema, I was filled with more inspiration and more drive than when I went in. The cinema is a magic place, and the big screen is where I truly feel my home lies. Out of the films I have seen, I decided to pick my top 10, I mean 11 films of the year (as everyone else seems to be talking about it). So here we go.
My Top 11 films of the year: (in order of release not preference)
  1. Argo: By far my number 1. Excellent screenplay and superb direction. One of the only films that have truly kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It incorporated brilliant comic relief moments by Alan Arkin and John Goodman! Just a masterpiece!!
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Indeed right up here in my top 10. The film was lead by an outstanding young actor, Logan Lerman. Again, this film holds a very special place in my heart, but Lerman’s performance was what really took me on a journey and made the film for me.
  3. Searching for Sugarman: A great documentary that I found totally moving! This film has a close place in my heart; because of the ties I have to South Africa and also the fact that my parents never stopped playing Rodriguez’s album. It was also an incredible display of brilliant documentary filmmaking and blew my family and me away.
  4. Ill manors: What an innovation in filmmaking. The narrator was by far the best part of the film. Combining music, lyrics and story together resulted in a flawless film. I loved the editing and colours. It was a new gangster film and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  5. The Imposter: One of the most brilliant documentaries I have seen. I loved the combination of styles. It felt like I was watching a thriller, which made the fact it was a documentary even scarier. Incredible film, for those who like documentaries and for those who like fiction!
  6. The Intouchables: Pure beauty. I came out of the film feeling elated and inspired. The story was moving and the performances were impeccable. A must see!
  7. Silver Linings Playbook: Pure excellence. A remarkable portrayal of depression and bipolar. I was truly blown away. Really lifted me and I just found it a bit of magic. Performances were exceptional from everyone and just a fantastic film.
  8. Rust and Bone: Another inspiring piece of French cinema. I seem to find their films just beautiful. There is no other word to describe it. This film and everything about it was just beautiful!
  9. The Avengers: Pure entertainment! It kept me engaged and transported into this world. The performances were epic and the visuals were unbelievable. A truly great film that I could watch over and over again, or even better, act in the sequel =]
  10. Lawless: Two words – Tom Hardy. Another excellent performance by an incredible actor. A character based gangster film and it was outstanding. I really felt a huge connection to the story and found it thoroughly entertaining and a great watch. Definitely getting it on DVD!
  11. The Hobbit: Now, this was exactly what I wanted from The Hobbit. I found it exhilarating with stunning cinematography and brilliant story. I was originally worried about it being made into three films, but now I am just super excited for the next ones!
So there we have it. I am pretty sure Life of Pi would also be on my list, but sadly I wasn’t able to see it! I will add my thoughts when I do!!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

YAY New Project!


Well, I have to say there is no greater feeling than when you start working on something as an actor! Well, for myself, as an actor, there is no greater feeling. Myself and four beautiful ladies are hoping to put on a play at Christmas time. It is already turning out to be such fun! 
We haven’t even started rehearsing yet, but research is going well and I am getting more and more excited by the day! It creates a great chance to showcase ourselves and also to work together again. They are all such incredible women, that I feel this project will be incredible fun! 
I cannot disclose what the project is at the moment, but watch this space and you shall know soon enough! It’s going to be spectacular!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Cherish Every Experience, Something Good will Always come out of It.

I say this, meaning in both good and bad experiences. This was a good experience though! On the set of Da Vinci’s Demons, one of the runners took my card and I met up with him the other day. It was very interesting. It is great to talk to someone in the industry, because you always learn something new! This time around, we were talking about one of his scripts that he is trying to finish, and it is great to see how someone else’s mind works when it comes to story telling. We had a good laugh and I do look forward to meeting him again! 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Put it into the Universe, and You will get it out of the Universe


So, funny story. Just the other day, I was chatting to a friend of mine about the new show being filmed in Wales, Da Vinci’s Demons. It looks amazing and I’ve heard quite a bit about it. Well, the day after talking about it, I was offered an audition for a small walk-on role. Of course I went for it! I did a lot of research before I went and when I got there, I at least knew the directors name and what he had previously done! Paul Wilmshurst. He is such a great guy, but the audition process was quick as usual and I was out of there. 
Thankfully, I got the little part and I shot on Tuesday and Wednesday (9th and 10th). It was great to be on such a big set again. Watching all the crew do their work, analysing the actors and their methods to be present. Everyone was so lovely as well! Tom Riley who plays Da Vinci was really nice and chatty and Gregg Chillin and Eros Vlahos were really sweet. Paul Rhys was also really nice and tried to strike up quite a bit of conversation. I have to admit I was rather shy and nervous being around such successful actors, feeling like a new little school girl being talked to by all the popular kids and not knowing what to say, in case I embarass myself! 
By the end of the shoot, however, I felt a lot more comfortable. The director and 1st AD made me feel so comfortable and at ease it was just down to me doing my job. I had one scene that I featured in the most and it was my time to focus and do my job to the best of my ability. It seemed to have worked as well! Once I was released, the director and 1st AD told me they would try and get me a credit because I was really good. Paul said I “made the scene” and even Tom Riley, who was watching on the monitor, complemented me.
I am thrilled with the experiences that came out of those two days! I made such great friends with the crew and wardrobe. Such great days of filming is enough to kindle the flame already burning inside of me! Fingers crossed, I will get to work with them again! And it goes to show, think positively, what you put in, you will get out! From a walk-on to a feature! I truly am on a cloud =]

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The Showreel!


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Well it is finally here! My new showreel! At least the first edit. I am sure that there may be some changes but here it is to start off with! 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Monday, 24 September 2012

Throwing Myself into It, with the Help of my Brother


So, from returning from seeing Warhorse in London on Thursday, myself and my brother have arranged to start filming a few little scenes for my new showreel. Filming the first scene will take place on Sunday, with my beautiful sister, and the second scene will take place the following week Tuesday. I am very excited to finally get these done and I will show you guys the finished product very soon! My brother works serious magic when it comes to editing so I am very excited! 
A little about what I am trying to do here. I am focusing on characters I would like to play in the future. The first scene shows me playing an American in 1943, and the second shows me playing a British cop. I would love to be in period dramas and cop shows. I would also love to explore my own personality further to see what other characters I can play! But this is just the start! Hope you guys all like what I produce!

Monday, 3 September 2012

And That's a Wrap

So yesterday we wrapped Time Gal. It has been an excellent experience filming with people with different ideas and ways of working. I have certainly learned a lot and will cherish the connections I made with the cast and crew. I had a lot of fun portraying the character of Jelena and I feel I have a very strong connection with her. The lessons I learned filming the sisters relationships and realising the strength they have because of it, has taught me more about how to behave with my own sister, who did play a huge inspiration in my development of the character. I am very much looking forward to seeing the end result and wish all the best of luck to post-production! 

Friday, 24 August 2012

Time Gal Rehearsal

Today and yesterday, I have been rehearsing the short film Time Gal. I have met Emily Jordan-Patrikios and Ray Hill who will be playing opposite me, and the director Ather Chaudhary. They have been such useful days. We have all become clear on our backstories and the journey of the script.  What a rare opportunity to have 2 full days to rehearse and create the necessary connections between the characters before we get on set. I am very excited to start filming tomorrow! It should be good.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Exploring Where You Come From, Helps You Choose Where You're Going.

Yesterday I returned from my 2 week visit home to South Africa. It was a great experience. I really enjoyed spending some quality time with my family, but I also enjoyed seeing what might have become of my life if I was to have stayed there. That is a very interesting thought. It provided me with a lot more motivation to succeed. Seeing the drive my family have and gaining such support from them really was a great lift! I am very excited that I am where I am and have all the possibilities that come with it. Looking forward to the future! 

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Time Gal Research


Time Gal is a short film I have just been hired for. It tells the story of two sisters who, after a murder, are forced to live on the run from a terror that is Pablo. The two girls are from Ukraine and I was set the task of writing my characters back story. This required me to put a lot of research into that area of the world to discover what I could to form my characters reasons for committing murder. 
First of all, I need to figure out why it is just the two sisters? Where is the rest of their family? How were they brought up? And through research I found that there are over 100,000 orphans in Ukraine, and only 20% of them are due to the deaths of their parents. 80% are social orphans, who are abused and abandoned by their parents. This terrorfying fact was a good start for my character. Then, to find that you are kicked out of the orphanages at 16, leaving them homeless, resulting in 60% of girls becoming sex workers, it created a good sense of the the kind of suffering one might endure to create the psychology necessary to kill or be killed. I did extensive research into these backgrounds and wrote a very detailed backstory, truly helping me dive into the character. 
Since, I have worked out the physicality of her, her likes and dislikes, her fashion, her dreams. Developing a character is one of the things I really love the most about acting! It is the best way to teach us compassion and empathy. I am very excited for the rest of the process. 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

It's My Shout

So, turns out I got little part in one of the 10 year anniversary It’s My Shout films, in conjunction with YMCA Barry. We filmed on the 23rd - 25th July. It was incredible fun. The makeup was the best part. I met some great people and wish everyone the best of luck for the future. It was great to work on set with fantastic people! Thanks everyone! 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

1960s Headshots by Thomas Bannister. Hair and makeup by Tegan Cecil





1920s Headshots by Thomas Bannister. Hair and Makeup by Tegan Cecil





MORE HEADSHOTS! CHARACTER HEADSHOTS!


Yes, that’s right, I’ve been getting busy and getting new headshots taken to better my portfolio. Work has been slow and I have really realised that I need to step up my game in making me desirable to casting directors. One way in which I thought I could do this is character headshots. Making it more obvious that I am fully capable of playing certain characters in certain time periods. At first, I was going to do headshots from every decade starting with the 1920s. However, I realised that a lot of these are similar and it wouold just be too many photos, so I narrowed it down. 
Now, I have focused on three decades. The 1920s, 1940s and 1960s. I have decided to focus on the actual types of characters that I would love to play. I thoroughly enjoy period dramas, one of my best being Downton Abbey. I have also been told I have a very period look about me and my acting style suits those roles. I would have loved to have been one of the Downton Ladies in the last series set in the 1920s. I love that era. The dancing, the fashion, the liberation after the war, balanced with the suffering and struggle in trying to get people’s lives back in order, usually missing family members. The 1940s also brings me to one of my utmost favourite times in history to act. I have always been a great fan of the ATA (the ….) and playing a woman ferry pilot would be an absolute dream. 1960s is also a great era to play, in my opinion. I love the freedom and the way that people moved their bodies and expressed themselves. Basquiat and Factory Girl being two of my favourite movies, watching this era being represented is a dream, and it would be a dream to play a character in one of these worlds. 
So, I am hoping that now, after showing myself physically as these characters, it may be easier for a casting director to envision me playing one of these parts and I am hoping it opens me up to a lot more roles than before. I have also huge plans with updating my showreel, and I will have that done, hopefully by the end of September, after the next few projects have been completed. 
The finals will be posted above, unfortunately, there has been a delay in the 1940s but I will post them as soon as I have them.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Meeting People = More Great Projects


Networking is key to this industry. Attending workshops and classes is one of the best ways to meet people and that is what brought me to meeting Ray Hill. I met him at Peter Wooldridge’s actors workshop and from there we started talking about filmmaking, writing and producing. 
Well, from there, Ray asked to meet me to get involved in a project that he was starting. He mentioned me, not only acting in it, but co-writing which has got me very excited! Earlier this evening we did in fact meet and Ray went through his story for a feature. We discussed ideas, how the script would progress and I believe it could turn into something quite good. 
Next steps now, are to move start researching and then start writing. We are planning on meeting once a week to go through what we have done and whether I am on the write lines. I am really looking forward to seeing how this will progress. 

Sunday, 24 June 2012

DepicT!


Well, nothing gets you making films faster than an amazing competition with a fast approaching deadline. Just yesterday, my amazing creator brother, Luke Cecil, informed me about the DepicT! Film Competition and that the deadline was on the 9th of July! This has left us with pretty much two weeks to make some films and get them in. 
So what DepicT Film Competition is:
Basically it is open to all filmmakers to “show their stuff” in 90 seconds. It is open to “anyone, on any budget, from anywhere around the world working in any genre”. 
To enter the competition it’s simple, just make a film that is:
 No longer than 90 seconds.
 Completed after September of last year.
 Of any genre of your choosing using any production techniques you want. 
So the plan! Now, with the help of our talented little sister, Tegan, we are planning to film 4-6 films, edit and submit them in the next two weeks. For hours yesterday, we sat and brainstormed film ideas and possibilities and have planned to do one every two days. Filming starts on Sunday for film #1, Photographic Memory.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

AND I'M BACK IN THE GAME: TRAPEZE


I have started Trapeze again. I started Static Trapeze classes for the first time in September 2010 and then Rope in about January 2011. I was able to do weekly lessons with NoFit State Circus until March last year. My university final practical piece and then Street of Crocodiles, Why Must I Be So Black and Blue, and Buttercups then took priority over my time and I had to put the classes on the back burner. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes though and am glad I finally jumped back into it.
My first lesson back was on the 28th of last month, and it was brilliant. Two lovely young girls reminded me of all the level one moves and Martha, started to refresh my memory on level two.
This time, I have decided to keep a proper designated notebook (again) to keep notes of each move so I never have to start from the bottom again. And this way, I can refresh my memory before every class. 
So, needless to say, I was all ready for my lesson yesterday. What an awesome lesson too. It ended up being a one-to-one session with me and Martha. I was able to learn eight new moves, finding my new favourite, back star. I was also able to learn the first routine on the list and complete it. 
I’m hurting a bit today but very excited by my progress and looking forward to the next three lessons to see if I am able to complete level two and move on. I have learnt twenty out of thirty-seven moves, so hopefully will be able to finish level two soon and then perfect them.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

HAY FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE AND ART


Yesterday, I went up to Hay-on-Wye for a day at the Hay Festival. It was brilliant as always. I do really enjoy the festival. Usually I have more tickets for events, but this time I was going to the Hay on Earth stage to support a friend of mine making a presentation at the Green Dragons Den. 
I, along with my family, was fortunate enough, however, to get tickets at the How The Light Gets In festival for a very interesting talk, titled “Reinventing Film”. It’s description was:
For a century making a film has required substantial resources. Today it is possible for anyone with a mobile phone. Will this result in a long-overdue democratisation of film, unleashing marginal voices and telling untold stories? Or will the lack of quality control result in a tsunami of unwatchable projects?
The debate was held by Peter Curran, who asked the question to the guests, Time Code’s Mike Figgis, documentary maker Beeban Kidron and video artist and composer Michael Nyman. Each of them had very good points to make. 
It was interesting to listen to as a filmmaker. As I rely on cheaper equipment and resources, the talk was very much focused on me. But I did find myself asking the question: What makes art? Who decides something is art? Who decides what is unwatchable projects? 
I believe that after listening to everyone, and hearing from Mike Figgis on how he has just shot a film on Canon 7Ds, that it is a good thing. I believe that it is a much more democratic way for filmmaking and that now, we as filmmakers, are allowed to be complete artists. It was a brilliant talk and I learnt a lot for it. It’s amazing how the universe offers little unexpected gems as these!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

IT'S MY SHOUT

It’s My Shout Productions Ltd specialises in producing short films for television and screen. Every year they produce up to 30 short films for BBC Wales, UK Film Council and the Arts Council of Wales, to name a few.
For each production; they work closely with other companies, community associations, drama groups, primary schools, as well as further education & higher education establishments, to find the best new talent in Wales.
It is now their tenth year and they are looking to make a series of six films for BBC Wales. They are working with different partners across Wales to produce this summer’s ‘Made in Wales’ series of short films.
I saw that they were advertising open auditions for actors, and decided to head on down to the Barry YMCA to see what it was all about. I think that It’s My Shout is an excellent idea, offering opportunities to people who wouldn’t usually have them. It’s a brilliant way to get young people involved and offer skills to others who are interested in the industry. I will definitely be looking to get involved with these projects if I am able.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

NOTEBOOKS


Well, what can I say? I have a problem. I cannot stop myself buying notebooks. I love them. I have designated ones: ones for certain projects; ones for general writing; ones for planning; I just got to have notebooks.
A few years ago, I found that I am one of those people who have to write everything down. Having plenty of notebooks is then a good thing for me, isn’t it? I always keep a notebook in my bag, so that I am always ready for any ideas that pop into my head. I even write my blogs in my notebook if I am not by a computer. 
Alice Fulton once said:
“Working notebooks are reassuring because it’s easier to start from something rather than nothing. In notebooks, writers feel free to be awkward or polished, silky or sullen. To try opinions without commitment: without anyone watching. Notebooks are dedicated to a perpetual sketchiness, and that’s their charm.”
The moral of the story is, notebooks are incredibly handy and integral to a writer or creator. - That’s why I just bought myself another one!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

THANK YOU OBAMA


“President Obama has made history by boldly stating that gay and lesbian Americans deserve nothing less than the equal respect and recognition that comes through marriage.
In supporting marriage equality, President Obama extends a message of hope to a generation of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
Without a doubt, President Obama’s statement will inspire thousands more conversations around kitchen tables and in church pews. We are confident that our nation will continue to move inexorably toward equality and we thank the President for leading us in that direction.”

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

MY FIRST PROPER TELEVISION CASTING


Well, I have just come out if my first proper screen casting (if you don’t count when I was 11 auditioning for Black Colt).
This morning, Peter Wooldridge called me, asking if I was available to make it to a casting that afternoon. The call came in at about 11ish and they wanted me there for 12:20. It was a challenge. This is what they meant by some times auditions come at very short notice. 
Of course, when making it to a casting, one must always aim to arrive early. It was pretty challenging to get changed, ready, and jump in the car to make it there on time, but I did it. We do it because we have to! I got there with plenty of time to look at the script and gather composure before I went in. 
I have to admit, I was pretty nervous. It looked as though a lot of people had been given specific characters and dressed accordingly. My outfit, however, was neutral enough, considering even though I had learnt four of the parts, I was still asked to read the one I didn’t look at. Nerves can be a good thing though. All actors say that with a little bit of nerves, we give decent performances. 
When it came to the actual audition, five of us were asked to enter the room, and sit on the side watching until it was our turn to read. It was very straight forward and quick. I was given an eye line, and told what to say, and then told ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’. The woman casting was lovely though. She allowed a few tries with little directions and really put you at ease. 
I just had to remember everything that Gideon Emery had others had told me:
  1. Enjoy it.
  2. Make decisions and commit to them.
  3. Don’t focus on why you need the job or anything else than what you are doing in that room at that time. Live in the moment.
  4. Forget about it. If you are not toooo worked up about getting the job (this does not mean don’t be passionate about the role!) then you can just concentrate on what you are doing. Once you have done your best, release it and the universe will take care of the rest.
So now, it is time to follow the third rule and seeing what happens. It was a brilliant experience. Any audition is good for me to learn from so I am just glad I had the opportunity to even have a casting so that I can learn more. We shall see.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

MORE FILMING WORK


So, after making the Sweeney Todd DVDs, my next job was to film the Drama practicals for the GCSE and A-Level exams. I have to say, it was a much smoother job than the musical. This time, I filmed on the best camera I could have, and was able to edit in one night using Adobe Premier Pro. 
The DVDs were made within a day and in the classes for sale the following lesson. Was a good experience and I think that everyone was very grateful to have the chance to have their exams on tape. Next year, I will be able to do all these DVDs again and to a much better standard. I look forward to it!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

LANDED! I GOT AN AGENT


After the one-day workshop with Peter Wooldridge, he emailed me to arrange a meeting to talk about possible representation. I was thrilled! He said that he was “quite taken by (my) natural performance style” and that we should meet because getting representation is the next step for my career. I completely agree!
And so today, we met. He is an absolutely brilliant guy and I was really hoping to be able to get signed by someone with such amazing experience. And I did it! He has offered to sign me and I am very excited to see how this relationship goes. Now, just to wait until the next step, which is a good job! Watch this space!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

PETER WOOLDRIDGE AND HIS WORKSHOP


Yesterday, I attended a one day intensive screen acting workshop run by Peter Wooldridge. Wooldridge has a brilliant reputation running The Workshop in Cardiff and I was incredibly fortunate to be invited to attend. 
Wooldridge is an agent at ATSLI Casting and casting director. He specialises in training new talent in the film and television industry. His website says:
With over twenty years’ experience, his training workshops have introduced several established Welsh actors to the industry, notably Ioan Gruffudd, Adrian Lewis Morgan and Jan Anderson. More recent talented and aspiring actors include Craig Roberts, Darren Evans, Elinor Crawley and Hannah Daniel. They all started their careers at The Workshop
During the last ten years, he has also worked as a casting director and acting coach on a number of high profile international feature films.
His recent credits include ‘The Killer Elite’ starring Jason Statham, Robert de Niro and Clive Owen; ‘Nightwatching’, written and directed by Peter Greenaway, with Martin Freeman starring as Dutch artist, Rembrandt. This followed another Greenaway epic, a trilogy of films named ‘The Tulse Luper Suitcases’. Working with Oscar nominated Dutch director Ben Sombogaart, he cast the Dutch classic ‘Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek’ and assisted on the casting of another Dutch film, ‘Bride Flight’.
So, knowing all this about him, I made sure I was prepared. After researching and learning the scripts assigned to us for the day, I made sure I was early and equipped to take many notes, ready for learning anything!
In the class, we were asked to sit in front of camera and read the scenes. Wooldridge focused on teaching us about thought and our eyes. He taught us about where to place our eyes to show thought and that something is going on. Taking in this and also what I read about Stanislavski, and what he said about what should be going on in your head, I found myself at ease in front of the camera. Stanislavski said, as long as you are thinking about what you are saying, thinking thoughts the character would be thinking - not about your lines or if you are doing it right - the audience will read that. The audience reads what is going on in your eyes and I totally believe that. 
I got some incredible feedback from Wooldridge and the rest of the class and learnt a lot through observing as well as doing. It was an incredible day with an incredible teacher. I think I will definitely be looking into doing a few more of these classes.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

WRITER'S SEMINAR


On the 7th of March, I was very fortunate to attend a free writer’s workshop in Bristol. It was held by Michael Domeyko Rowland, author of Absolute Happiness, and he enlightened me on how to write a story - in particular, screenplays.
After talking about structure, character, chosen audiences, purpose, Rowland started talking about our consciousness. He stated that we all have four levels; our unconscious, conscious, subconscious and then the super-conscious.
The amazing thing that he said was that we all have various subconscious personalities within us. These materialise into the people that we meet and also the characters in our dreams. He said that when writing a story, the cameo roles are always forms of the protagonists different subconscious personalities as well as the antagonist is also physical representation of the ‘evil’ within the protagonist. I found this incredibly intriguing. It made a lot more sense to me now. I have always struggled to write my cameo characters, but thinking this way, I feel like pieces have fallen into place. 
Another enlightening theory Rowland spoke of, was the super-conscious. Rowland said that by transporting ourselves into the superconsciousness, we will find that stories come to us much more fluidly, escaping from writer’s block. This theory I believe in wholeheartedly. Every time I try to write something, nothing comes. But when I am meditating or not trying to think of something, great ideas appear. Think I am going to try and dig myself a little deeper into this theory and see what happens. 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

SOMEONE WHO KNEW ME, FORMALLY KNOWN AS TRUTH


Cast, rehearsed and shot. Production is finished.
In the end, I cast Ifan Rhys Herridge in the part of Len to play opposite me as Bet. Herridge is a brilliant actor. He has such a presence on camera, and on stage. He possesses an intensity that I found was crucial for this character to show a true contrast between Len and Bet and to emphasise the shifts in status throughout the scene.
Unfortunately, due to lack of time and resources, the script was cut but hopefully we will be able to shoot again. We shortened the film but still keeping with the story so that nothing was actually lost.
For this shoot, we had to think on our feet, which, of course, was great experience. I loved the whole process. From completing the final draft, I found a location, cast Herridge and Anna-Maria storyboarded. 
We had the great opportunity to actually workshop and rehearse the script as well, which is quite rare in this industry. That really helped me dive into Bet’s character and her relationship with Len. It helped me explore how she would react to him, and what she wanted from him. I really found a connection and empathy for her, and where she was in her life, and what she had experienced to be the way she is. 
I love this world so much. Acting and filmmaking really lifts me up. Now, to edit the footage and add it to my showreel. I will, of course, upload it once it’s done.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

8-WEEK DEVELOPMENT CLASSES


All good things must come to an end, I guess. Today was the last Earthfall Development class. 
They were all brilliant. They has changed the structure of the classes a bit which was nice because it seemed fresh and really another step forward from the last ones. 
This time around, it was more about learning set routines and building on them every week. It was great, because it furthered my training on picking routines up quickly, which is something I need to improve on.
At one point, there was the possibility of maybe being able to perform a few routines at Chapter on the opening night of At Swim Two Boys. Due to health and safety, however, it was never followed through. But it was brilliant.
I have learnt new skills, more moved to add to my repertoire and it was an amazing experience and true privilege.